We spent New Year 2013 (2 nights) at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge. We had booked the "luxury" tents but on arrrival were told we had been allocated rooms. Initially we were disappointed as some other members of our party were already in the tents. We went to look at the rooms and were pleased to discover they were air conditioned where the tents only had a fan. With 32.5 C at 07:30 I am really pleased we had the rooms especially with a baby.
The rooms are very comfortable but I would suggest management check on cleaning and facilities. Our safe did not have a key and instructions were for a digital lock (we needed a key!). Also the hairdrier was not working and if it did the cord could not reach the plug (It was attached to the drawer of the dressing table.) There was a half eaten apple in the drawer as well. I had to request towels and complimentary toiletries and loo paper when we ran out.
The food was very good although the lunch time menu was limited and expensive for what was on offer. I was also disappointed with the fruit selection as this is pineapple/pawpaw/mango/litchie/banana country and these fruits were not on offer and they are cheap enough in the local area.
The grounds are lovely and well kept. The Hertiage Lodge is not in the game reserve. I found all the different pricings for game drives confusing and they were also expensive. We opted to drive through the Hluhluwe Game Reserve but unfortunately with all the rain and heat the animals were not easily spotted. A game drive through Zulu Nyala (which can only be done with their rangers) would have been better as they do controlled burning and so game is more easily visible.
New Years Eve dinner was great but the entertainment was appalling. The DJ hired was useless and apart from arranging some silly games there was no dancing resulting in us going back to our rooms to see the New Year in on our own.
This has the potential to be a very good Lodge - staff are very friendly and helpful (esp Pete from maintenance).
This is a relaxing place to visit. Apart from the swimming pool and the game reserves in the area there is not much else to do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Heritage Safari Lodge was originally built in the 1940’s as a hotel and was a landmark pit-stop for weary travelers between Maputo and Durban. Acquired in 1996, the gracious building was lovingly restored to its original colonial grandeur, enhanced with new accommodation, and tastefully themed to highlight Zululand’s unique cultural heritage.With buffet-style meals in our restaurant, the wide, welcoming veranda and our ‘human watering hole’ - the pub or thatched boma, warm and relaxing atmosphere is conducive to shared good times and conviviality. The sparkling pool is always inviting, and you’re sure to enjoy browsing our beautifully stocked curio shop for a few authentic African mementos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Hotel Hluhluwe